- File Size: 3172 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sandfire Publishing (February 11, 2019)
- Publication Date: February 11, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NP5Q27V
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Halfway through the book some new characters appear with their own points of view on situations and relationships. Extra POVs make for a more complicated read, but it’s worth it for the chance to discover key events in other locations that affect the plot. It gives some interesting glimpses of Jac and Raine from another perspective, as well as discovering what happens to characters who manage to escape elsewhere.
Because this is the first book of the series, not everything is resolved, like the theme of Jac’s uncertainty about her own non-violence when the others are risking their lives to protect her.
It's a pleasant surprise to discover an original new voice to follow – here's hoping the next in the series will be available soon.
Top international reviews
What if growing your own food brought harsh punishment; what if a bloated bureaucracy used hunger to keep hold of power? A lesser author might have handed us a society to look at, but Aspen neatly uses anecdotes and recollections to paint a vivid dystopia; we're shown how our world has mutated into a future society where calories are currency.
In ‘Resistance’ shoppers require planning and high-tech skills to avoid arrest; our mundane chores have become terrifying exercises in presenting a legal front to a dictatorial government. You don’t have to disguise yourself at the supermarket, but anyone surviving Aspen’s world must fly under the radar.
Both plausible and horrifying, 'Resistance' uses sharply drawn characters and brisk action scenes to narrate a captivating story. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Review of paperback
The well drawn distinctive characters in this dystopian thriller form a interdependent and cohesive community in fear of, and resistance to, a corrupt regime. Set in an old stone homestead called the Warren. The fear of detection by a military force is an ever present threat which haunts the characters and narrative alike.
Trying to escape the tyranny of the regime, building violence and the fear of being discovered, the author creates an adrenaline fuelled narrative set in a society threatened by the proximity of the city under corrupt military control. With reference to climate change, rising sea levels, flooding, ice islands, food shortages and riots and reference to unknown wars. the action could possibly take place in a not too very distant future of our own.
Elements of ancient knowledge contrast with new technology. The aged old use of horses as transport and, also in combat. I in particularly enjoyed the fascinating references to the knowledge and use of medicinal plants and herb lore by ancient shamanic means from the past with reference to communication with nature spirits. The plants are harvested and used for both medical reasons and, later we discover, as weapons - the points of arrows being coated in powerful herbal concoctions to temporarily anaesthetise and render unconscious their enemies.
In the Author’s note, Jay reveals that Phoenix is inspired by the ‘unsung heroes of Medicins Sans Frontiers.’ Interestingly the novel refers to the use of martial arts now in combat rather than as meditative practice. The threat of being discovered maintains the fast pace and the fear of discovery imbues the narrative. By contrast we are taking into the future - as with technology, ever building in this fast paced thriller.
Content builds as does the secretion of adrenalin. Twists in the plot, warfare the betrayal of a spy who has infiltrated the community and has remained undetected. and, intermittent, moments of tenderness and interdependence are interwoven into the plot.
The momentum is sustained and indeed builds apace as some of the characters make an effort to enter the city. Tracing their way through the squalor of sewers where a plague of rats infected with bird flu, The novel ends quite abruptly leaving me wanting more and a longing for the next title. Well done Jay!
A real page turner with important, thought provoking, life changing messages!
The story follows Jac, a young girl training as a medic, as she goes from living in the relative safety of her grandfather's farm, to training with the rangers, led by the charismatic Raine. Several other characters have a point of view, showing us the different sides of the conflict.
One of my favourite things are the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, which are very insightful, sometimes funny and have often made me think about things in a new way. The social and economic changes and the technological advancements are very interesting and well-researched too. They feel organic and it's interesting to read how our culture and technology might adapt to such a changed environment. The questions of justic and injustice, right and wrong, whether power corrupts and what humans are capable of if they truly work together are explored in depth and I'm curious to see what is going to happen in the next book!